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    Trigger Finger

    Trigger Finger

    Treatment in South Florida

    Trigger finger is a condition where one finger gets stuck in a bent position. The term trigger finger was referenced due to your finger bending or straightening with a snap, like a trigger being pulled and released.

    Trigger finger (also known as stenosing tenosynovitis) arises when inflammation narrows the space within the sheath that surrounds the tendon in the affected finger. In severe cases, your finger might become locked in a bent position.

    Trigger finger is common in those who work or hobbies involve repetitive gripping. However, the condition is also more common in women and someone with diabetes.

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    Trigger Finger Signs & Symptoms

    Trigger Finger Treatment

    Symptoms of trigger finger vary depending on the severity of the condition, which includes mild and severe conditions. However, there are similar symptoms, which may include:

    • Finger stiffness. Typically in the morning.
    • A popping or clicking sensation as you move your finger.
    • Finger locked in a bent position, which you are unable to straighten.
    • Tenderness or a bump (nodule) in the palm at the base of the affected finger.
    • Finger catching or locking in a bent position, which suddenly pops straight.

    When experiencing trigger finger, any finger may be affected including the thumb. However, it is possible for more than one finger to be affected at a time and both hands can be affected at once. It is common for this condition to be more pronounced in the morning.

    Our team of orthopedic surgeons are experts in the treatment of trigger finger. Whether you have just begun to experience symptoms or have been experiencing the symptoms for a while, you can count on us for an effective trigger finger treatment. You can visit any of our offices in Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach, Coral Springs, Plantation, and Fort Lauderdale.

    Trigger Finger Causes

    A Tendon is a fibrous cord which attaches muscle to bone. Each tendon is surrounded by a protective sheath. Trigger finger occurs when the affected finger’s tendon sheath becomes inflamed and irritated. When this happens, it interferes with the normal gliding motion of the tendon through the sheath.

    Typically, trigger finger occurs from repetitive motion or forceful movement of your finger or thumb.

    Below you will the factors that you put you at risk for developing trigger finger:

    • Repetitive gripping. Hobbies and occupations that involve repetitive hand use and prolonged gripping may increase your risk.
    • Your sex. this condition is more common in women.
    • Health problems. People who have diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis are at higher risk of developing trigger finger.

    South Florida Hand Center has become the preferred orthopedic practice for the treatment of trigger finger in Broward and Palm Beach. Call us 24/7 at 888-409-8006 to schedule an appointment or use the button below.

    Trigger Finger Diagnosis

    To properly diagnose trigger finger, your hand surgeon will take a comprehensive medical history which includes prior injuries, information of daily activities, and history of symptoms. During the physical exam, your doctor will ask you to open and close your hand, checking for areas of pain, smoothness of motion and evidence of locking.

    Trigger Finger Treatment

    Trigger finger treatment varies, depending on the severity of the condition. Some treatments may be more particular than others depending on the diagnosis. In fact, your treatment plan will be made to fit your specific condition.

    It is typical for the following to be recommended:

    • Anti-Inflammatory Medications: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications will help control symptoms of pain. Although most importantly they help treat wrist tendonitis to rid of inflammation and swelling of the soft tissues. These treatment medications can decrease inflammation, which causes pain in the wrist.
    • Splint: Your doctor may have you wear a splint at night to keep the affected finger in an extended position for up to six weeks. The splint helps rest the tendon.
    • Rest: It’s important that you get plenty of rest and you avoid any activities that require repetitive gripping.
    • Stretching: Stretching and gentle exercises might be recommended to help maintain mobility in your finger.
    • Cortisone Injection: Cortisone is a more powerful anti-inflammatory treatment option that is given by injection directly to the site of inflammation.

    Trigger Finger Surgery

    If your symptoms are severe or if conservative treatments haven’t helped, your doctor might suggest:

    Percutaneous release. After numbing your palm, your doctor inserts a sturdy needle into the tissue around your affected tendon. Moving the needle and your finger helps break apart the constriction that’s blocking the smooth motion of the tendon.

    Surgery: Working through a small incision near the base of your affected finger, a surgeon can cut open the constricted section of the tendon sheath. This procedure is usually done in an operating room.


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